Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by putnam on 04-20-2004

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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 350
Photo of Rekrule
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has lots of fine yeast particles floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some small patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of fruity esters (bananas seem to stand out in particular) and Belgian yeast along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial notes of malty sweetness along with hints of clove towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer definitely coats your mouth quite well. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong but for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It's not very complex but is a pretty good American representation of a Belgian style.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Raime
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours amber with a very slight orange tint. Finger and a half worth of long lasting head. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Adjunct, medium standard malt. Uhhhh....What?

T - Very slight standard adjunct up front, followed by a decent amount of malt, minimal pine, slight bubblegum.

M - Low carbonation with a medium body

O - Overall, At 9.5% this beer is an easy drinking killer, Although it tastes nothing as I had expected. Not a great craft brew honestly, But I'd have it again.

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Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of esdeebrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of cowboy83
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Highstplz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, color is gold to copper; head is white and frothy upfrongt but dissipates to a ring.

Smell is boozy, light pilsner malt, hint of hop citrus.

Taste is almost sweet, but balanced by the esters, pilsner malt exists but it finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is a little dry but not cloying or sharp.

Overall, a tasty triple, a touch less boozy smell and taste could help it quite a bit

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Photo of Scotthuller
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Apricot haze body with a one-finger head

S: some pale fruit and malt; slight yeat aromas

T: not quite what I expect in a triple, but delicious nonetheless: orchard fruits and apricots, chewy caramel malt

M: extremely smooth and silky - I drank it at slightly below room temp, and it was slick, easy-drinking nectar

O: I really liked this beer, but it had as much in common with some strong ales I've had as it did a tripel - fruity orchard flavors, but also savory, earthy, and musky - had a chewy consistency, whereas I think of tripels being a little more soft and fuzzy. Again, this was a great beer. I suspect it may be better than the reviews its getting simply because it is a little "off" as a tripel.

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Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MButkus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange with very little white head that dissipates quickly with a thin lacing on the glass.

S - Belgian tripel of a lot of bready yeast over everything else, very distinct banana in the background

T- Big Belgian yeast flavor that covers up the alcohol pretty damn well, a little bit of sweetness, some fruit and clove in the background

M- Pretty full bodied for a tripel, medium to low carbonation, but enough to get by

O- Overall, im from Marhsall, Home of the Dark Horse, and this is one of my my favorite regular beers, it is no Westmalle, but is a fantastic american version of a tripel, and a Dark Horse staple that means spring has arrived and Scotty must leave

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is dark orange and slightly hazy. Nice 2 fingers of head with decent retention and nice lacing, but relatively low carbonation and very little, if any, effervescence. Nose is faint but has some nice fruity esters (bananas and apricots) and a little bit if spiciness.

Full body and nice creamy feel. Lots of nice, sweet, fruity flavors reminiscent of pears and oranges. The sweetness is complemented by mild hoppy bitterness. I don't think the sweet and bitter flavors in this beer are as well married as they are in finer tripels, and the result is a bit medicinal. The finish is fairly dry with a warming bit of alcohol, but for the most part the alcohol is well-hidden. I don't get enough fruitiness or spiciness to suit my palate and the finish is a bit disappointing.

I am not a huge fan of tripels, but overall I think this is a nice example of the style and a fine part of Dark Horse's stable. For big fans of the style or fans of this brewery only. There are far better tripels out there if you're just starting to explore.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of n2185
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Candy sugar on the nose with some Belgian spice notes and a dry, yeasty finish.

T: Spices and candy sugar hit up front followed by some slight fruitiness and a chalky yeast finish. Light alcohol presence as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't cloyingly sweet, but is still a bit thick and under-carbonated for the style.

O: Not a terrible tripel, but not very good, either. It lacks complexity and attenuation and is a bit too boozy as well.

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Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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